Pros & Cons Of Fibreglass & Concrete
So, you’ve decided you’re ready to invest in a pool. The next step is figuring out what type of pool best suits your lifestyle, budget and tastes. As they are the two most popular styles of pool, below is a run through of the pros and cons of both fibreglass and concrete pools
Arguably the best thing about a fibreglass pool is that they are easy and quick to install, generally only taking a week or two. The gelcoat surface is not only visually appealing, it’s also simple to look after and makes it easier to control algae and bacteria growth as there are no nooks or crannys for it to breed in. If properly maintained, a fibreglass pool should also never have to be resurfaced in its lifetime. Because of the many engineering advancements, fibreglass has become a highly durable material and will not crack in unstable soil. Fibreglass is also noted to build up and retain heat much better than a concrete pool
- Quick to install – standard installation is a week or two
- Visually appealing surface
- Easy to look after – Gelcoat surface makes it easier to control algae and bacteria growth
- Require very little ongoing care – should not need to be resurfaced in their lifetime
- Retain heat better and heat up faster
- Very durable building material – won’t crack in unstable soil
Really the only negative for a fibreglass pool is that you are severely limited when it comes to shape and size options. So, if you are someone who wants a fully customised feature pool, concrete might be the best option for you.
- Shape and size limitations
Obviously, the best thing about a concrete pool is the flexibility with design. If you have an eye for outdoor design, a concrete pool can be a stunning addition to your backyard.
- Flexibility with design – can customise
- Very attractive aesthetically
A concrete pool will take significantly longer to build and install than a fibreglass pool, sometimes several months of on-site work is required, and because of customisation options it can become very expensive. Concrete is a more porous material than fibreglass, giving algae and bacteria room to breed as well as being more susceptible to black algae. Because of its rough texture, it can cause scrapes and grazes and if the pool has not been maintained properly, the open wound could lead to a nasty infection. Concrete is also far more likely to crack and leak because of soil problems and requires much costlier ongoing maintenance with the pool needing to be reconditioned every 15 years or so. Most concrete pool owners also note that it takes a long time to build up heat and does not retain it for long.
- Take much longer to build – several months of on-site work
- Because of customisation options, can become very expensive
- Rough under foot, can cause scrapes and grazes
- Cost more to run – are more porous therefore giving algae and bacteria room to breed
- More susceptible to black algae
- Require costly ongoing maintenance – need to be reconditioned after fifteen years or so
- Cracks and leaks because of soil problems
- Colder than fibreglass
Now you have all the knowledge you need to decide which type of pool is right for you. Cozy’s Pool & Spa Care have years of experience cleaning and maintaining both concrete and fibreglass pools, so we can keep your pool spick and span all year round – reducing the chance of any large repair bills. Contact us today on 0459 684 612 for an obligation free quote.